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Personnel records – World War II

The following records relate to specific Australian Jews who served in World War II.

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'O' PREFIX (PRIMARY NUMBERS 1–224), 1940–57
Canberra
The series records the main administrative activities of the Department of Defence.
Series: A663
Quantity: 33.12 metres
Recorded by: 1940–1942: Department of Defence Coordination, Central Office (CA 37); 1942–1957: Department of Defence (III), Central Office (CA 46)
Louis Epstein Pty Ltd – Exemption – Tailor, 1942 A663, O130/3/1285
OFFICIAL HISTORY 1939–45 WAR, BIOGRAPHICAL FILES, 1946–80
Australian War Memorial (AWM)
The series consists of files of miscellaneous papers (including newspaper and journal clippings), letters, photographs, extracts of service.
Series: AWM76
Quantity: 3.6 metres
Recorded by: 1946–1980: Australian War Memorial (CA 616)
Official Historian 1939–1945 War, biographical files – Records of service' Cdr Appleton... NSW Arm of Jewish ex-Servicemen and Women, 1947–68 AWM76, A25
Official historian 1939–45 War, biographical files – Irwin, A F A.... Isaacson, P S... Isle, J F , 1947–68 AWM76, B262
ARMY GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1939–42
Melbourne
Series: MP508/1
Quantity: 0.72 metres
Recorded by: 1939–1942: Department of the Army, Central Office (CA 36)
AAMC – Appointments of Officers – Goulston, E H, 1940 MP508/1, 21/706/296
AAMC – Appointments of Officers: Shappere, A J, 1940 MP508/1, 21/706/278
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1939–54
Melbourne
Series: B3856
Quantity: 12 metres
Recorded by: 1939–1948: 2nd Echelon, Army Headquarters (CA 2002); 1948–1954: Central Army Records Office (CA 1919)
Private Nathan E D, 1947 B3856, 140/7/34
PERSONNEL DOSSIERS FOR SECOND AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCES EX-SERVICE MEMBERS, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'X' PREFIX AND ALPHABETIC REGIONAL PREFIXES, 1940–47
Melbourne
Series: B883
Quantity: 16.39 metres
Recorded by: 1940–1947: 2nd Echelon, Army Headquarters (CA 2002)
COHEN, Francis Oswald, (16 pages), 1939–46 B883, NX142554
COHEN, Albert Percival (20 pages), 1911–46 B883, NX107757
COHEN, Mendal Berschoff (16 pages), 1940–45 B883, WX2641
CONFIDENTIAL REPORTS – NAVAL OFFICERS (FORMS S206, PP101), 1912–
Canberra
This series consists of confidential reports on RAN officers, giving personal and service details and assessments of the officers' qualities.
Series: A3978
Quantity: 9.72 metres
Recorded by: 1939–1973: Navy Office, Department of the Navy (CA 38)
Officers (RAN) Personal record – Alvord Sydney Rosenthal, 1920–58 A3978, ROSENTHAL A S
Zelman Cowen – confidential report, 1942 A3978, COWEN Z
RECORD OF SERVICE CARDS – NAVAL OFFICERS, 1905–70
Canberra
The series comprises cards detailing each officer's personal particulars and personal history (including date and place of birth, religion, occupation, next of kin, personal description, home port, personal number, marriage details, etc).
Series: A6769
Quantity: 19 metres
Recorded by: 1939–1970: Navy Office, Department of the Navy (CA 38)
Record of Service (Petty Officers and Men). Susman, Eric Leo, 1934–51 A6769, Susman E L
RECORD OF SERVICE CARDS – PETTY OFFICERS AND MEN, 1911–70
Department of Defence (Canberra)
The series comprises cards containing details as for records in A6769.
Series: A6770
Quantity: 70 metres
Recorded by: 1939–1970: Navy Office, Department of the Navy (CA 38)
Hyman Lewis R30861 – Record of Service (2 pages), 1946–56 A6770, LEWIS H
NOMINAL ROLLS OF NAVAL PERSONNEL, 1949–69
Canberra
The nominal rolls are contained in volumes of roneoed sheets, and they include details of the individual's birth date, rank, order number, date mobilised, home address, next of kin, discharge details, religion, awards, whether served overseas.
Series: A9951
Quantity: 5.04 metres
Recorded by: 1949–1969: Navy Office (IV), Department of the Navy (II) (CA 38)
Nominal Roll – Original 3501–3542. Wragge, Keith Clement – Zusman, Solomon, 1949 A9951, 71
Nominal Roll – RAN. Duplicate 1–100. Aarons, Henry – Bentley, James Walter, 1949 A9951, 74
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER (MELB) SERIES (PRIMARY NOS 1–323), 1922–60
Canberra
This is the main correspondence file series used by the RAAF 1922–60 (including the area now known as Civil Aviation 1922–38).
Series: A705
Quantity: 655.65 metres
Recorded by: 1922–1935: Air Services Branch (CA 778); 1939–1960: Department of the Air, Central Office (CA 35)
Epstein, B, 261714, 1929–60 A705, 163/30/83
RAAF PERSONAL HISTORY FILES OF OFFICERS, ALPHABETICAL SERIES, 1921–50
Canberra
Records in this series contain forms and cards detailing aspects of officers' personal lives and service careers. Contact National Archives for access to records in this series.
Series: A9300
Quantity: 364.41 metres
Recorded by: 1921–1939: Air Services Branch (CA 778); 1939–1950: Department of the Air, Central Office (CA 35)
Joseph CASSEL – RAAF Service dossier, 1944–96 A9300, Cassel J
Samuels, Thomas Charles – RAAF Service Dossier, 1944–90 A9300, Samuels T C
RAAF BIOGRAPHICAL FILES, 1940–59
Australian War Memorial (AWM)
The series consists of 7700 dossiers of World War II officers and non–commissioned officers, who passed through No. 3 Personnel Reception Centre and No. 11 Personnel Despatch and Reception Centre in England.
Series: AWM65
Quantity: 7700 files
Recorded by: 1940–1959: Department of Air, Central Office (CA 35)
[RAAF Biographical file] COHEN, Anthony Lawrence 432225, 1943–45 AWM65, 751
[RAAF Biographical File] COHEN, Julius Allen 117, 1940 AWM65, 752
[RAAF Biographical File] EPSTEIN, Julius 423687, 1943–45 AWM65, 2007
[RAAF Biographical File] ISAACSON, Peter Stuart 401068, 1942–53 AWM65, 2803
GOVERNOR–GENERAL'S OFFICE HONOURS AND AWARDS FILES, 1939–57
Canberra
Series: AWM88
Quantity: 9.89 metres
Recorded by: 1939–1957: Governor-General (CA 1)
[Governor-General's Office, honours and awards file] RAAF. Air Force Cross: Flight Lieut P S Isaacson, 1943 AWM88, O/A 18 RAAF
PERSONAL FILES OF MEMBERS OF THE CIVIL CONSTRUCTIONAL CORPS ENLISTED IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1942–45
Perth
These personal files include application forms, medical reports, compensation papers, discharge certificates and correspondence.
Series: K1291
Quantity: 12.42 metres
Recorded by: 1942–1945: Allied Works Council, WA Office (CA 8132)
Epstein, Nathan [Civil Constructional Corps file], c1942–46 K1291, 667

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